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In British Columbia, the flower of the dogwood tree (Cornus Nuttalli) became the official floral emblem in 1956. The columbine had also been suggested.

The Pacific Dogwood (Cornus Nauttallii) was adopted in 1956 as British Columbia's floral emblem. The Pacific Dogwood is a tree that grows six to eight metres high and flowers in April and May. In the Autumn it is conspicuous for its cluster of bright red berries and brilliant foliage.

Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii)

The blossom of the dogwood was considered a symbol of British Columbia before it was officially adopted. During World War II, the sale of dogwood lapel pins earned money to purchase wool and other comforts for British Columbian soldiers. It was finally officially adopted as British Columbia’s official flower in 1956.

It’s easy to see why the dogwood is so popular. The enormous white blossoms growing on twenty- to forty-foot trees are a spectacular sight. Other species of dogwoods have been adopted as official trees or flowers by Virginia, North Carolina, and Missouri. New Jersey chose a dogwood as its official “memorial tree.”

Dogwood blossoms are depicted on British Columbia’s coat of arms and on a flag flown by franco-Columbians, or French-speaking residents.





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